The Braves released O'Brien on Monday. According to David O'Brien of The Athletic, during the latter stages of summer camp, O'Brien was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, derailing any hope he had of cracking the Braves' season-opening 30-man roster. Though O'Brien has presumably cleared all COVID-19-related protocols, the Braves evidently determined he wasn't worth keeping around at their alternate training site in Gwinnett. The Braves added 2020 fourth-round pick Spencer Strider to the 60-man roster pool in a corresponding move.
O'Brien (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. The reasoning behind O'Brien's move to the injured list is not clear. The 29-year-old, who owns a career .209/.275/.434 slash line across 200 major-league plate appearances, joined the Braves as a non-roster invitee in January and will serve as organizational depth once healthy.
O'Brien will be a part of the Braves' 60-man roster, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. O'Brien joined the braves as a non-roster invitee in January and went 6-for-32 with four home runs and seven RBI during spring training, although he also struck out 13 times. The 29-year-old has had limited results in the majors during short stints over four seasons, hitting .209/.275/.434 with 11 home runs and 73 strikeouts over 200 plate appearances. Given his inability to carve out a major-league role in the past, it's unlikely that he'll be a big part of the Braves' major-league plans in 2020, although he could be a fill-in at designated hitter if injuries strike.
O'Brien joined the Braves as a non-roster invitee Wednesday. O'Brien has received 200 big-league plate appearances over parts of four seasons but hasn't done much with them, hitting .209/.275/.434 with a 36.5 percent strikeout rate. He'll likely be an organizational depth option for the Braves this season.
O'Brien (ribs) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his first game back with Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday. A rib injury put O'Brien on the major-league injured list in May and the Marlins ultimately decided he was not worth waiting around for; they designated him for assignment June 20 to make room for Zac Gallen. The 28-year-old O'Brien cleared waivers and has since been cleared to return to active competition with New Orleans, where he is likely to play out the remainder of the campaign, with an outside shot at a September callup.
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